Dalby woman stabbed while hiding from terrorists

5th June 2017 8:29 AM
UPDATED 3:59 PM

UPDATE: Former Dalby woman Candice Hedge injured in a harrowing terror attack in London is showing true spirit and courage as she recovers in hospital.

Ms Hedge was dining out with her boyfriend when she was stabbed in the neck trying to escape three armed terrorists who descended on London Bridge.

The granddaughter of Dalby icon Brian Hedges was able to speak to her family in the Western Downs from her hospital bed this morning.

Mr Hedge said he was told his granddaughter had been injured in the London incident on Sunday morning.

"She rung me this morning from London about 5am," Mr Hedge said.

Candice Hedge from Dalby.
Candice Hedge from Dalby. Contributed

"She told me she's alive, she's well and she's a Hedge and she is going to live through it."

Details of the attack have been slowly emerging, indicating Ms Hedge had been trying to flee the attackers by hiding under a table when one man approached her from behind, stabbing her in the neck.

"I only know that she was sort of hiding from them," Mr Hedge recounted.

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"I know she was hiding from them and then one bloke, they were leaving the place and one bloke looked around and saw her and came back and stabbed her.

"That must have been a f*****g nightmare for her.

"She's well, she's going to be ok and that's the main thing."

 

 

Mr Hedge commended the Australian Government for its quick support for his family, and said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had been in contact with Candice's Ross Hedge soon after the attack.

Ross Hedge told Queensland media this morning his daughter had been left with "just a stab wound in the throat somewhere".

"But it's all good, there's no major damage," he said.

Ms Hedge moved from Dalby about 10 years ago after finishing school and working in the Western Downs town.

 

 

She lived with her grandparents for a while before moving to Brisbane, and then to London, about 12 months ago.

"She lived with us for a fair while, finished her schooling and lived with us and then she's gone on to live by herself," Brian Hedge said.

 

"She's doing well. She's a great girl.

"We just wish her all the best and hope to see her soon.

"Some of the family might try and get there (to London).

"Julie Bishop has been on to her dad straight up as soon as she found out who was the Australian which was good."

Mr Hedge said he had been inundated with calls of support from well-wishers in the community.

 

EARLIER: An Australian woman injured in a terror attack in London at the weekend grew up in Dalby on the Western Downs.

Candice Hedge was one of two Australians injured in the horrifying ordeal at the weekend when a car was deliberately driven into pedestrians on London Bridge.

She was stabbed in the neck and, according to the Courier-Mail, had been sitting at a bar having a drink when a man came up behind her and slashed her throat with a knife.

It is believed Ms Hedge, 34, was approached from behind and was briefly in a coma, but had since woken.

The former Dalby woman's mother, Kim Del Toro, told the ABC her daughter had undergone surgery and had bandaged her neck, but she was able to make contact via Skype.

 

"It's terrible - I didn't really speak to her because she couldn't say too much, but it's just really good to know she's going to be OK," Ms Del Toro told the ABC.

Ms Hedge grew up in Dalby where her grandfather Brian Hedge owns a sporting goods store.

She had moved to England about 12 months ago after moving from Dalby to Brisbane where she worked in hospitality.

Mr Hedge his granddaughter was "doing well".

"She's saying that she's feeling well, a bit sore of course but she's going good," he told the ABC.